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Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (1990 – present)

Elbow is an band that got started in Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom in 1990. Formed when its members were in sixth-form college, the group consists of Guy Garvey (vocals, guitar), Mark Potter (guitar, vocals), Pete Turner (bass), Craig Potter (keyboards) and Richard Jupp (drums). Over the band’s twenty plus year career, it has released six studio albums and four EPs while also having over five top 40 singles in the U.K. alone.

The band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series ‘The Singing Detective’, in which a character says that the word “elbow” is the most sensuous word in the English language (not due to its definition per se but due to how it feels to say it). Though the group came about in 1990, intially going by names such as ‘Soft’ and ‘Mr. Soft’, it wasn’t until ‘The Noisebox EP’ came out on 1 January 1998 that they had a real release. Elbow started out specializing in “ ”, but the guys changed the direction of their music after unanimously deciding that they were “shit.”

Their new songs picked up notice from both Island Records, but the band got dropped due to business shenanigans before anything actually came out post-singing. Elbow then released two critically acclaimed EP’s on the independent Ugly Man Record label, starting with the aformentioned ‘Noisebox EP’. Luckily, their work caught the attention of V2 Records.


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  • SaraBeeJim

    I sometimes wonder why Elbow is pretty underrated worldwide.. Since they truly know how to make music.. It's just sad. (2)

    14 Apr 6:17pm Reply
  • lebital

    C'mmon… they're everything but underrated.

    3 Apr 7:59am Reply
  • tavort

    who released you?

    7 Mar 9:33am Reply
  • shrnrse

    26 Feb 5:39pm Reply
  • shrnrse

    hahaha, if only it were 1989, then what??

    26 Feb 5:26pm Reply
  • shrnrse

    fucking blasphemous too to use music as a means for anything other than positive loving light, sounds that get propagated into the future forever.

    26 Feb 5:21pm Reply
  • shrnrse

    oh and fuck you. never deserved such abuse.

    26 Feb 5:20pm Reply
  • shrnrse

    creating avenues for abuse since?? lol, you should know you're a bunch of drones who were planned to exist just so people could be physically abused. in light of such facts, in fact, you should change the name of your fucking band. wish i didn't even know you existed. sad too, because i actually used to like your music.

    26 Feb 5:18pm Reply
  • leneheart

    14 Feb 9:37pm Reply
  • WhoTylerDerden

    new album is really magick

    2 Feb 12:57pm Reply
  • jonsiamy

    Their best, how did I miss this? Tickets anyone for London Eventim????

    1 Feb 1:41am Reply
  • shrnrse

    creating avenues for abuse since???? that shit shouldn't be on me, not now, not ever

    30 Jan 7:08am Reply
  • deadmelodiesDM

    Just discovered Elbow. Was listening to radio & thought for sure it was a Peter Gabriel song. The Take Off and Landing of Everything is amazing. It's 2:30am & I don't want to stop listening to go to bed.

    6 Jan 7:36am Reply
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  • John__Lemon

    Do yourself a huge favour. Sit down and listen to TOALOE with the lyrics next to you. It's absolutely mesmerising. I have no idea how Guy Garvey does this.. He is unbelieveable, but his emotions and observations are so incredibly evocative.. It's amazing

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • WayneBirch

    TTOALOE is a fantastic album. I'm enjoying more than I did BARB

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Live at Jodrell Bank :) Illusionvalley I'll be there. I've seen them 4 times now they are absolutely amazing live!

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • illusionvalley

    Holy good Lord, I am beyond excited to see them live - at the Opera House, of all venues. Going to be incredible.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • SashaPepper

    I'm tottaly addicted to their music. Guy's voice is something incredible

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • shermachine

    I sometimes wonder why Elbow is pretty underrated worldwide.. Since they truly know how to make music.. It's just sad.

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
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